Look who won the Miss World crown

I get swag* all the time, but TV5 sent something really unique last week.

Gift from TV5

They sent me a Miss World crown as an invite, I kid you not.


I wasn’t able to attend but look who won the real crown: Queneerich Rehman is Miss World Philippines 2012.

Queneerich MWP

What is up with beauty queen names like Venus Raj, Shamcey Supsup and Queenrich Rehman??
23-year-old Queenrich, who hails from Las Piñas City, bested 24 other candidates in the recently concluded pageant held at the Manila Hotel Tent.
She took home one million pesos cash, PhP 100,000 worth of Metro Dental services, a year’s supply of Manny O Wines, luggage from World Travellers, and a Hyundai Eon.

Hyundai Eon

As if that’s not enough, Rehman also won the following awards: Miss Zena Body Beautiful, Miss Talent, Miss Photogenic, Miss World Traveller, and Miss Philippine Prudential.
This August 16, 2012, watch as Rehman represents the Philippines in the Miss World Pageant in Ordos to be held Inner Mongolia, only on TV5.


*stuff we all get

Winners: Guess who’s wearing Plains & Prints?

Celebrity stylist Liz Uy, the modern Filipina’s fashion inspiration, is Plains & Prints’ newest style icon.

liz billboard

All she ever wanted was to become a fashion editor. Working behind the scenes—either making a celebrity or model look more stylish, or conceptualizing what would become the fashion editorial spread of glossies—she never envisioned herself to be the one taking center stage.
Liz, who used to stage kiddie runway shows at home with her equally fashion-inclined siblings, is now taking her well-deserved turn in the spotlight via local women’s work wear brand Plains & Prints.
“I feel very much honored to be part of this collaboration. Plains & Prints is a label that I’ve worked with for six years as a stylist. It’s a brand that I trust, and most importantly, that I wear,” Liz said.

Liz Uy

“Liz is a ‘thinking’ woman,” said, Plains & Prints owner and founder Roxanne Ang Farillas.
“By this, I mean she is a woman of style and substance. She understands the value of hard work and determination—very much the characteristics that Plains & Prints champions.
She puts thought and effort into everything she does, and she does it very well. As a result, she exudes confidence and glamour that is tempered by approachability, making her someone every working woman can relate to.
More important is her understanding of the versatility of individual pieces and the value of knowing how to put these together to create different looks. This not only extends a woman’s wardrobe, but provides her more choices, which ultimately is what the brand offers consumers.”

Liz Uy

From editorial assistant, Liz worked her way up to become fashion editor.
“She brought celebrity styling into the limelight, making it a career girls aspire for,” Roxanne added. “Liz didn’t take the celebrity route when she was starting out, but it seems like whatever she does, she turns into something big—and this is what made everyone sit up and take notice. She’s definitely the woman to watch out for.
Most people have the impression that styling is an easy job, just a matter of picking out pieces and putting them together. What they don’t realize is the amount of thought and work put into that process,” Roxanne said.
Styling is about creating maximum impact by bringing out the beauty of each piece, and it takes a highly creative mind to be able to spot fashion potential at first glance. Liz does this very, very well.”

Liz Uy

She concludes that all such qualities make Liz the apt personification of the brand.
“Liz perfectly embodies the Plains & Prints wearer. She’s very discerning in all aspects of her life, is career-driven and successful; and she brings to the plate the very qualities that women have come to admire about her and make her their ultimate inspiration—her fashion expertise and impeccable style sense. By virtue of all these, she is a natural advocate of our trademark aesthetic: versatile, classic and chic staples that take cues from the latest trends.”

Liz says, “As a stylist, my job isn’t just to know what looks good on other people. I also need to reflect what I can do by knowing what looks good on me—and Plains & Prints is definitely the brand I would instantly go for.
I’m really happy this came at the right time. I’m at a point in my life where I’m surer of myself and more mature, and I feel ready to take on new things in my career. I can only be thankful for opportunities like this, so it goes without saying that I want to embrace and enjoy the entire experience. I’m very excited about this new venture with Plains & Prints.”

Liz Uy

Check out Liz Uy’s personal picks from the upcoming collections tomorrow, June 27, 2012 at the sneak preview event, only at Plains & Prints Glorietta 1.
And now after more than 460 valid entries to this contest, here are the five winners who guessed the new face of Plains & Prints correctly:

Jane Chua of Pasig City
Norissa Chavez of Tondo, Manila
Marivic Pascua of Cainta, Rizal
Ma. Catherina V. Tolentino of Mandaluyong City
Madeleine M. Gonzales of Makati City

Each winner will receive Php 5,000 worth of Gift Certificates (GCs) from Plains & Prints.
Plains & Prints’ marketing team will coordinate with winners on how to claim your prize.


La Mer celebrates World Oceans Day 2012

Bet you didn’t know there was a World Oceans Day.
Started in 1992 and made official by the United Nations in 2009, World Oceans Day takes place annually on June 8.
It strives to promote the importance of the sea as a vital ecosystem and to preserve its delicate habitats and wildlife.
Last June 15, 2012, La Mer launched its limited-edition World Oceans Day Crème de la Mer at the Ayala Museum.


Partnered with Travel magazine, La Mer presented the works of four passionate underwater photographers featuring the marine sanctuaries of the Philippines. They were: JM Abregana, Sean Calma, Mich Manuel and Dominic Nuesa.


Roman Azanza and Monique Buensalido

Tim Yap

Maxine Ignacio

Suki Salvador and Mich Manuel

La Mer Team: Jill Baysa, Camille Flores, Sharlynmae Reyes

La Mer experts Joanne Bautista and Jael Dumlao

As a tribute to founder Dr. Max Huber’s passion for the sea, La Mer is proud to support ocean conservation efforts worldwide by its partner, Oceana.
With more than 300,000 members in 150 countries, Oceana has greatly reduced over-fishing and protected threatened marine habitats with its science-based policies.

This is the seventh year of partnership between La Mer and Oceana.
To commemorate, La Mer has created a limited-edition 100 ml World Oceans Day Crème in a specially designed ocean-inspired jar. In addition, La Mer will make a $200,000 donation to Oceana in support of their Habitat Protection Campaign, as well as other global initiatives for ocean conservation.

Retailing at Php 21,000, the limited-edition World Oceans Day Crème de la Mer is now available at Rustan’s Makati (812-2507) and Rustan’s Shangri-La Plaza (633-4636 loc 114).


Hyatt supports Hope in a Bottle

You may have seen these bottles in the supermarket or convenience stores.
But Hope in a Bottle isn’t just your regular bottled water. Each 500 ml bottle of purified drinking water is distributed by the Friends of Hope, Inc. And each time you buy, 100% of its profit will go to building public schools around the Philippines.
Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila is a proud supporter of this campaign to increase the quality of education in the Philippines.

Hope in a bottle

Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila believes in the power of education and its significant role in developing a nation, which is why bottles of “Hope” are now available at the hotel’s Pastry Boutique. With each “Hope” bottle sold, PHP 10 will benefit the students of the Divine Healer Academy, a school run by the Healing Servants Foundation, Inc. in Sorsogon.

Making a difference in our country’s future generation is now as easy as choosing which bottled water to buy. Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila hopes this initiative will help quench the nation’s thirst for proper and quality education.

Hope in a Bottle is also available at Rustan’s supermarket, Krispy Kreme, Pancake House, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and others. To know more, go to https://www.facebook.com/HopeInABottle

Winners: Rajo Uno + Dos by BENCH

More than 300 entries later, here are the five winners of Rajo Laurel’s recent giveaway:
Jade Jasmin Borja-Laure of Quezon City
Louis Arceo of Quezon City
Suzanne Mariano of Makati
Claudette Cruz of Quezon City
Katherine Buenavista of Marikina City
Each winner will receive a pair of Rajo Uno + Dos scents by BENCH.
Please expect a direct message from me on how to claim. Enjoy!
Rajo Laurel x BENCH

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